The rain, it keeps on comin'

January already a wet month

KINGMAN - El Nino is knocking at the door, bringing more rainfall in the first week of January than the entire month of December.

The National Weather Service reported about half an inch of rain over the last few days, and the forecast calls for a 20 percent chance of precipitation today and Saturday.

Chris Stachelski, meteorologist with NWS in Las Vegas, said there were reports of light snow pellets in the Kingman area Wednesday night.

Official rainfall total at Kingman Airport was 0.18 inch through noon Thursday, following 0.23 inch on Wednesday.

"There's still going to be a couple showers around the area, mostly north of Kingman, but it might work on through," Stachelski said Thursday.

Bernice Shreve, who lives near the airport and tracks her own gauges, showed about half an inch of "beautiful rain" Wednesday and another 0.45 inch Thursday.

The general gist is that the bulk of the heaviest rain has passed, though there will be hit-and-miss spots until the next big round of storms make their way to northern Arizona, possibly by the end of next week, Stachelski said.

"This is a little more typical of El Nino," he said. "This is more of a correlation of El Nino with a couple of storms coming in versus what we saw earlier in the season."

Mohave County Public Works crews have stayed in step with the storms that have passed through this week, director Steve Latoski said.

"We have seen isolated road closures in the Golden Valley area, namely on unsurfaced sections of Teddy Roosevelt Road and Shinarump Drive," Latoski said.

Road crews did "outstanding work" in clearing Hualapai Mountain Road with snow plows, as well as Diamond Bar Road, which is susceptible to snow and ice, he added.

Public Works remains well-positioned to respond to storm events and flooding, aided by real-time information and technical support from the county's Emergency Management and Flood Control District, Latoski said.